I should have known , I never had a chance!
I worked SO hard sewing up Millie’s little birthday dress. I was so excited for her to wear her special little frock for her birthday party. She picked out the super sparkly fabric, she picked out the buttons. I loved how we were able to collaborate a little bit. She loved it when we tried it on a couple days before the big day… Except for she said “Mommy you forgot pockets, I need pockets!” So I dutifully ripped the skirt seams and inserted a pocket for my little birthday girl.
Now let me preface with the fact that I LOVE Millie’s Grampa. He is amazing at buying her birthday and Christmas presents. Everything he has ever gotten her has been her FAVORITE. And he is ESPECIALLY amazing at picking out special princess dresses… So I should have known! There was NO competing with the pink sparkly sequined poofy skirted dress he bough her for her birthday. I’ll admit, the dress he bought is amazing. She wanted NOTHING to do with the dress that I had slaved over. Tears squirted out of her face, she wanted her dress from Grampa. I swear I almost cried. I was crushed! But after a few minutes of heartbreak, I decided it was her birthday and she could wear whatever she wanted and whatever made her happy. My feelings didn’t matter.
So I have pictures of her dress, but not with her partying in it like I had planned. I did manage to get her to put it on after the party, after everyone left, with the promise that I paint her face like a tiger. HA! My silly fickle four year old. Such a big girl. Where on earth does the time go?
I used the Harper Dress pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop. I made the bodice with a size 4 and the skirt a size 5. I gathered the skirt a bit to fit into the bodice which I think adds a cute little fullness to it.
I sewed up the bodice using the same method I used in my Stargazer dress tutorial so I wouldn’t have to do any hand sewing.
After using the cupcake buttons on the bodice, I wasn’t sure what do about the button for the belt, so I took some left over sparkly purple fabric and made it into a button with some old button that came with a huge lot from ebay.
I can’t decide if I like it better with or without the belt, but it is kind of neat that I can go either way :)
So there you have it. A picture of Millie wearing the dress, face paint in hand, ready to be turned into a tiger. House destroyed from a party in the background. I couldn’t even get her to look at me for the photo!
So the moral of the story is, it doesn’t matter how much effort or thought you put into something. It won’t always go as planned. That and my sweet baby is no longer a baby. She is a strong willed four year old kid with concrete and unwavering opinions and ideas.
Oh! And we are crazy and got her a kitten! You know what she said her favorite gift was? A purse that looks like a cat. Not the actual living, breathing kitten :/ Silly girl!